The journey of this band called Unit F from its inception sometime in the late 90’s until now has been one helluva ride. Stemming from conception when two punk rockers happened to meet each other at an Earth First protest in Laguna Canyon, California, agreeing then that the voice of environmental outrage (among other issues) needed to be stronger, to the present, the band has always tried to make music the forum for meaning, reflection, and yes, awareness. And really, no better forum for that than punk rock, right?
Fast forward to now, three months into the year 2016. Not much has changed for the better unfortunately…and so, Unit F is still here, and there, just as loud, but with new members and new songs. And a new album.
As promised, we are into the final push of mixing and finalizing our fourth full-length record. That includes finishing the nine songs, some of which are an integral part of our live show, as well as the album name and artwork. We are still deciding on production options such as a Vinyl release, and as a possible nod to the D.I.Y/Hipster crowd, a cassette release. Seriously, though, do any of you people still have cassette players? We will also be making some tough decisions as to a label home, weight the options offered by a bunch of really good people running projects of passion in a cruel and unusual cutthroat business environment.
With the current lineup of Mel (last original member), Guillermo, Phil, Dave and Mark, Unit F has a band chemistry that has been by far, the most productive in terms of writing and performing, songs that ironically recall the reason this band was started. We will leave it to you to discover how hard they rock.
What is fortunate, is that guitarist Mark Bolton is as talented an engineer at his Sound Cage Recording as he is at creating stirring riffs with his guitar. Through 2015, what started out as the rough recording of four songs turned into the writing of four more. Because our song Ride (first recorded back in 2000and something) is damn popular with you guys (always has been…thank you!), and because it was expressed to us that we play it better now than ever before, we decided to re-record that to make it a nine song album. I mean, in today’s attention deficit challenged age that qualifies as a full length, right?
Unit F is playing fewer shows right now, but as we finish the album, look for dates in Southern California at all the venues which are cool to go to, cool to play at, and book good bands. We love bringing these songs to the stage, relishing the opportunity to make the dynamics, the riffs and the words mean something. We are also looking to book shows around the region in general, including the Bay area, San Diego and on out to the desert. I mean, we have yet to do a Vegas road trip that hasn’t been worth it yet. And, Arizona has a grinding scene, so y’all are in our sights.
We are always interested in festivals, and events that rally around causes (feel the Bern yet?); and the causes seem to be piling up in this oh so special election year. Yet in madness such as this, Punk Rock has always thrived. Thanks to everyone who has ventured out to catch our act, especially those of you who saw us in the past and have come out only to see a completely new sonic beast.
Finally, we have shirts, sticker and all the albums and records for sale on the Unit F website, with more designs made with this upcoming album in mind, on the way. Be safe out there…No Fear!
2015 is almost gone. What the hell just happened? In a span of approximately 60 shows from Ventura to Arizona back to Nevada, it seems like the year has gone by in a blink. Played with midgets, in a garage, on the big stage, and narrowly avoided several festival disasters. Those of you familure with the Southern California scene know that to which we refer.
In fact, the last blog we left said May Must Mean Vegas, and we only played five or six times out there since then. But to hell with all those good times and memories....soon they will be grossly distorted to become lies and outright fabrications.
With approximately three weeks left in 2015, we have got to get it on with our new recording. Dave Costa is in right now tracking guitars, and we will have to re-do some vocals as Phil Moore layed out, or slayed out some bad ass drums, and Guillermo customized his bass rig for that classic piano chord bass tone that you can really sink your teeth into.
That is a long winded way to say we have 7 brand new songs that are in the pre-mix stage, and one special surprise re-recording. Time to rock the art and cover.
We just added a new song from Comes the Day, one that we don't generally play live, but that hits on the political vein due to all the Baffonery going on out there. Christ, its not just a madhouse, it's a goddamned circus (cheers Hunter S. Thompson). That song is Magnet Head. Like it enough and we might even put it on the set list.
Oh, and we have new items in the Unit F store. We should run a christmas special, huh? Check it out: www.UnitFmusic.com
Now get out there and have yourself some fun.
So this blog thing is a whole lot easier if I would just keep up to date. Below are a couple images from our last road trip to Las Vegas, where we played two shows at Adrenaline and The Double Down Saloon, which is, as every local knows...the ultimate and best dive bar anywhere west of the Mississippi. An Epic show with our friends from Guilty by Association, singer Mike's cover band the Vegasdecendents, and L.A.'s the ex-Gentlemen.
The pic here is the back wall of the double down and pretty much sums up the vibe. Unit F is always treated right by the DD, and the Vegas scene, if you hadn't noticed, is growing steadily. Lots of new bands.
Right now we are lucky enough to be recording five new songs, none of which have anything to do with Vegas (Ride 2004). Mark Bolton runs Sound Cage Recording, and has a helluva ear, so we are lucky. The songs were written over the course of the last year (Look Up Bro, Horrifying, and Decay) and with the current band as well (Berkeley Streets and Blacksnake.
Topical as well; Blacksnake is a rocking tune about the constant damage and reckless manner in which the oil and gas industry takes us all for a toxic ride...creating excess wealth for some, dependence for most and all at the expense of the earth and all living things. Talk about shitting where you live....
Berkeley Streets was inspired by the constant police/student standoffs up north....and then we had the Hong Kong resistance, coupled with cops who cannot seem to subdue and restrain without killing maiming and brutalizing. Nothing like a militarized policestate that has seemingly forgotten how to protect and serve in favor of shoot and maneuver.
None the less, these, along with the social media critical Look Up Bro, the widecast look at social/geopolitical dysfunction in the face of such wild assed schemes as geo-engineering (Horrifying), and Decay (esoteric ranting on the cycles of civilization) all promise to be barn burners. Who would have ever thought you could address these topics in punk rock; or as Greg Graffin of Bad Religion put it .... "You might not think it matters now, but what if you were wrong? You might not think there's any wisdom in a fucked up punk rock song...." (Kyoto Now, Process of Belief)
So be sure to drop a note if you get a chance....either submit a question to our Reverb Nation site, or just drop your scathing criticism on to our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/UnitFband )
May takes us to San Diego, then to Anaheim and Laguna Niguel. And then????
Cheers...and Thanks for checking out our first blog. Whether you are a long time Unit F fan, or a new fan, know that we appreciate you guys taking the time to find your way here. Hopefully, you were at one of the recent gigs, because suddenly we got real busy. Which is good. With 2015 comes a new line up that we were busy putting together at the end of 2014 when Tony Lepre left, and we parted ways with Sean Williams (Provider, 30 Foot Demon, Whores of Tiajuana) and Collin (Outlast). So, when I say 'we', it was basically Dave Costa and myself again. Luckily, we reached out to Phil Moore, an old friend through several bands (No Victor), and just like that, he brought with him Guillermo SantaCruz from No Victor, and suddenly, we had the makings of a new line up. At the very least, we were a bunch guys who have been around the OC scene for a while, and could converse about anything musical...so to have a conversation A(ahem, or rather a debate) about Metal vs Prog, or who influenced what when it came to old english progressive bands, was pretty cool, especially when at any time the discussion would jump the rails to talk about the Wierdos, or Jello's new band, or Off!. So then, ironically, along comes a gentlemen named Mark Bolton, who played with alot of guys who were pioneers in the OC sound (pick an Agnew, any Agnew), not to mention 45 Grave. Creative, cool and experienced, dude was a perfect fit, and wouldn't you know, he dug Unit F. Fast forward to March of 2015. We now have 3 shows under our belt, a secret show at the Doll Hut, a not so secret show at the Slide Bar, and a very not so secret show with RF7 at Loaded in Hollywood. Up next is our old haunt the Pierviw Pub in Oceanside, and then...we help Erin from Pierview help inagurate her new bar in Laguna Niguel, the Karman Bar, with our friends Last to Know and Oddball who are on tour from San Diego. And listen, we are aware that most of the shows have been 21 & over, so we promise to start working on some All Ages shows....promise fulfilled! April 25th...in Santa Ana...check the facebook page and we will create an event with all the details. St. Patricks day will be a show at a place I never thought I would say we played: the Rainbow Room in Hollywood, Lenny's second home, and favorite haunt of most current, wanna be and has been rock star every to pass through the town. And we are bring our sonic fury to ...those 'hallowed' grounds? Interesting..... Merch is another thing to get caught up on...so we will. White Circle Unit F shirts (War is the Enemy of Humanity), the Trishy Trashy American Shutdown black T's, and hopefully the Manifesto (Remember trees? as seen as on TV) Treestump design. So thats it for now....next....I am going to talk about some of our new songs. Y'all stop by the Facebook page and say hi.... www.facebook.com/unitfband Cheers Mel
Another year, and still the parade of henious crimes of 'passion' continue. This time it took a young musicians life, and I dare say, that unfortunately, her story is but one of many. Some involve the children. Some involve the innocent, sometimes, no one is innocent. As a band, Unit F had to write a song about this lower based desire which we so carelessly slap onto relationships...this thing we refer to as Love. And yet, just look around at how we use love, to justify our possesion of another, our obsession of another, and the destruction of others, all because we simply could not figure out what the hell it means. It all starts inside. It is said that we cannot give away, that which we do not have. And so it is with the affairs of the heart. At the very least....we must begin to take responsibility for who we are, and what we stand for as reflected in our relationships...the violence, and the abuse, as it is reflected by these ridiculous crimes of passion, have to stop. We post here the lyrics to our song Heather. We hope to have it recorded soon. It was written, because between Chris and I, given the seven separation, we could count between us four different women whose tragic and untimely deaths, were due to some tool who lost his mind because he was 'in love'. And this does not count the monthly news accounts, with breathless details of the grisly occurances. And now this. This talented musician, Bipsy, who lived in Temecula, and meant so much to so many. http://fullvaluereview.com/2009/02/17/temecula-singer-murder-the-last-bipsy-%e2%80%93-forever-27/ This song, remains dedicated to the memories of those who have suffered so, under the pretense of Love, who now speak to us to find a Higher Way.
The story of "Heather"
Shawna Nelson had a three-year affair with Ignacio Garraus, Heather Garraus’ husband, and the relationship resulted in a baby boy who will turn 2 in about two weeks. Nelson was a former dispatcher in Weld County and was married to Ken Nelson, a member of the Weld County Drug Task Force and a former sheriff’s investigator.
The affair ended in December 2006 after Ignacio Garraus confessed to his wife.
Prosecutors say Shawna Nelson viewed Heather Garraus as an obstacle to a lasting relationship between herself and Ignacio Garraus. Several witnesses have testified that Shawna Nelson hated Heather Garraus and some witnesses said Nelson confided that she wanted to get rid of her rival.Shawna Nelson had a three-year affair with Ignacio Garraus, Heather Garraus’ husband, and the relationship resulted in a baby boy who will turn 2 in about two weeks. Nelson was a former dispatcher in Weld County and was married to Ken Nelson, a member of the Weld County Drug Task Force and a former sheriff’s investigator.
Heather Garraus sat on her knees with her arms raised as a masked assailant shot her point-blank in the head twice, said witness Melinda Maeder Thursday in the Shawna Nelson’s murder trial.
Maeder choked back tears as she recalled the night of Jan. 23, 2007, when she watched Garraus die four feet away from her in the parking lot of Credit Union of Colorado, formerly Colorado State Employee’s Credit Union in Greeley.
Maeder, who worked with Garraus at the credit union, described the shooter as average height weighing around 160 to 200 pounds and wearing a “Halloween costume.”
“I saw a weapon pointed at Heather as she was getting down on the ground,” said Maeder looking as if she were sick as she recalled the memory in court.
“They were dressed in all black and told her to get on ground, then she was shot.”
Maeder was one of four witnesses present the night of the shooting who testified to what they witnessed.
During opening statements Thursday afternoon, the prosecution said Nelson shot Garraus twice in the head because she was jealous Garraus’ husband, Ignacio Garraus, would not leave his wife.
“There is not just DNA evidence, but friends too, like Michelle Moore. Moore will testify to this obsession with Ignacio. She will tell you that the defendant confided in her that she wanted Heather Garraus dead so the three of them could run off and live happily ever after,” said prosecutor Gregory Lammons.
Both the defense and prosecution agree Nelson and Ignacio Garraus had an "on again off again" affair for more than two years that resulted in Nelson having Ignacio Garraus’ child.
Shawna Nelson is now serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Ignacio Garraus has since moved to Florida with his daughter to flee the guilt of his decision that killed a mother, friend, and faithful wife. She will be missed.
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